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TIBET LITTLE KNOWN.
Closed Land Possesses Great Fasci nation for Explorers. Tibet Is the least known region on the habitable globe, though teeming with features of interest for the scien tist, the ethnologist and the student of aboriginal mankind in general, says the Booklovers' Magazine. Tor many years this great "closed land" has pos sessed extraordinary fascination for travelers and explorers, but the well nigh insurmountable physical barriers and the barbarous hostility of the Ti betans have often frustrate'd the most indomitable and persevering explorers. Forming a high tableland almost in the very center of the Asiatic conti nent, thousands of feet above the sea level, surrounded on all sides by moun tain ranges among the highest In the world, and covered throughout its whole extent with appalling deserts, vast salt-swamps and Immense ice-covered plains, Tibet Is not a land which would attract the traveler in search of beauties of landscape. When one has traveled through its arid wilds the Impression left on memory is that of a combined Saharau desert and antarc tic Ice plain. Never a tree Is seen, and scarcely a flower, except for a few months In the year. Mountains cover ed with soil, which, by thrift and in dustry, might be made productive, are left in their wild state for the growth of coarse grasses, furnishing scanty pasturage for the small herds of scrawny cattle. More favored regions are inhabited by small herds of wild asses, antelopes and yak, affording subsistence to a sinister and uncouth population. The sterility of the landscape is re flected in the natives. It would be Impossible to imagine a people more unenlightened and barbarous. No spark of civilization has yet made itself felt. MONEY HIDDEN IN BOTTLES. Qaeer Freak of Two Brothers Who Owned an English Inn, An interesting little treasure hunt is causing some excitement In a Stafford shire village, says the London Mail. Tiie treasure hunters are not rushing round with surveyors' chains and pick axes, but they search very patiently and very persistently In old boots and stockings, pieces of newspapers, behind wall paper and wainscoting and in black bottles. They are searching for the accumulated wealth of one Joseph Attwood, who, with his brother, kept the Vine inn at Dclph, Brierley Hill. Joseph died not long ago, and his brother being unable to transact the business it was transferred. The brothers Attwood bad curious ideas as to the conduct of their busi ness and the employment of capital ideas which would commend them selves to no self-respecting economist. When the elder brother died there was a hunt for the money which it was known he had saved. In one of the rooms, which had not been opened for fifteen years, 500 in gold was found, stowed away in corners of the room. Hundreds of silver coins were found corked up in gin bottles and beer jars. Half a hundredweight of coppers . was found hidden In nooks and cran nies, old gloves, stockings, paper bags and envelopes and rolled up In tea lead. Checks which had never been presented; a woman's watch and a very old hunting watch were also dis covered. Altogether 000 has been found in various parts of the house. When the treasure-seekers have torn down the walls, Tipped up the floors and search , ed under the soot in the chimneys, claims will be pegged out lu the garden. The Black Hand. "Charley had a dreadful time last night," said youug Mrs. Torkias. "He says he was a victim of the 'Black Hand.' " "You don't say bo!" exclaimed the caller. "Yes. He came home' without a cent. I don't quite understand the particulars as he explained them. But they pulled a deadly weapon on him that is known as a club flush." Washington Star. sl il is l i fi l if ! A TINY COUNTRY. What one might call an "after-din-ner-coffee-size" country is the princi pality of Liechtenstein, a tiny land be tween the Austrian province of Tyro! and the Rhine, recently described by a writer In Harper's Magazine. IU area Is about sixty-one square miles of territory, and Its population less than ten thousand. Although practically a part of Austria, It has been more or less ludepeudent for nearly three cen turies, and was, according ,to a local pleasantry, forgotten by Bismarck when he reorganized Europe after the Prussian wars with France and Aus tria. Once Liechtenstein had a standing army. In full force, armed and equip ped, It marched away to join the Aus trian forces In the war with Prussia, and bad it arrived in time might have turned the scale, for although It con sisted of but eighty men with a cap tain and a trumpeter, it was a whole army In Itself, anu very brave. For tunately,' the country was mountain ous and the roads bad, and when the army arrived at the camp of the Aus trians the war was over. That was its last appearance In pub lic. The Liechtenstelners had grown weary of supporting the onerous mil itary burden imposed upon the prin cipality -by these eighty Idle men, and sent a weighty and respectable pro test to the prince, who discontinued the army. So there Is now no military service, no national debt, no direct taxes. The prince is very rich, and pays much of the expense of his little country instead of taxing It to support him. He Issues coins with his head on them, and stamps of the same de sign. That Is a pleasure in itself worth supporting a small country for, and ho Is the only member of the Austrian nobility who enjoys such distinction. His little capital, Vaduz, is( but a modest city, and the prince visits it but seldom. He wears an Austrian title as well as that of Liechtenstein, and sits In the Austrian House of Lords. But from Vienna he can call up his own country by long-distance telephone, and it serves him all the purposes of a suburban village to which to retire for rest from hia du ties as an Austrian nobleman. Magic in the Zuni Tribe. "The most startling feat I ever saw," said a guest at the Dlller last night, who has made a study of In dians In various parts of the United States for his own edification, "was performed by the priests of the Zuni tribe In Arizona, or, as they were call ed, 'The Ancients of Creation.' They seat themselves in a circle on the clay floor, around a Jar that will hold per haps a gallon, an ancient and sacred earthen vessel, which is filled with water. The chief priest carries In his hand two ordinary eagle feathers, which are tied together at the quill ends so that they make a fork. Be hind the circle of the priests are other members of the tribe and the musi cians with their drums and gourds, who join in the chants with emotion. The incantations continue for sev eral hours and when the participants and spectators are brought up to a proper pitch of excitement the priest dips the feather tips into the water, lifts the jar with them and holds it suspended for a minute or two at a height level with his face or breast Then he lowers it slowly to the ground. This feat is repented several times during the performance. Apparently there Is nothing in the hand of the priest but the feathers and they ap pear to be Inserted Into the mouth of the jar only tvo or three inches. Of course, there i some trick about it, but I was never tble to discover it." Seattle Fost-Intell.sencer. A curious tree grows hi Malabar, In dia. It is called the tallow tree, from the fact that its seeds, when boiled, pro duce a tallow which maker excellent candles. CARAVAN ROAD 6,000 YEARS. Scenes Along One of Most Ancient Highways in the World. The road from Horns to Hania runs almost due north, a straight white line cutting across the green fields. It Is one of the oldest route in the world. Caravans have been passing along it for at least 5,000 years, just as we saw them long strings of slow moving camels with their bright colored bags of wheat. One could almost Imagine that Phar aoh was again calling down the corn of Hamath to fill his granaries against the seven years of famine. But even here the old things are passing. Just beyond the long lino of camels was a longer line of fellah women, their dirty blue robes kilted above their knees, carrying upon their shoulders baskets of earth and stone for the roadbed of the new French railway. The carriage road Is French, too; and a very good road it Is. Some men were repairing it with a most Ingenious roller. It was a great round stone, drawn by two oxen, and having its axle prolonged by a 20-foot, pole, at the end of which a bare-legged Arab was fastened to bal ance the whole affair. If the stone had toppled over, the picture of the Arab dangling at the top of the slender flagstaff would have been worth watching. All along the ride we wepe reminded of the past. It is a fertile soil; but the very wheat fields are different from ours. Only a few yards in width, they are often of tremendous length. I hes itate to commit myself to figures; but it Is certain that the thin, green flelels would stretch away In the distance un til lost over some little elevation. At one place the road was cut through a hill honeycombed with rock tombs, which the haj said were Jewish. Ev ery now and then we passed a tell, or great hemispherical mound, built up of the rubbish of a dozen ruined towns; for even as late as Roman times this was a well-cultivated and populous country. There is now no lumber available for building purposes, and in a number pf villages the houses are all built with conical roofs of stone. Where the rock happens to be of a reddish tinge, the houses remind one of nothing so much as a collection of Indian wigwams; where the stone is white, as at Tell el-Biseh, it glitters and sparkles like a fairy city cut out of loaf sugar. Scribner's Magazine. Odds and Ends of Paper. Little do housekeepers realize the money that Is being made from the odds and ends that are daily being dis carded as trash and as such are thrown out, to be carried away by the ashmen or the ragpickers who gener ally precede them on their rounds. Some interesting information was fur nished in this line a few days ago by a manufacturer of cardboard for paper boxes in this city. His firm pur chases old paper of every description in large quantities, not only here but in Washington, Brooklyn, New York, Trenton and other cities. "From the various branches of the Salvation Army," he said, "we get the best waste paper. The general public is only too glad to give its representa tives the old papers when they call. The result Is that they collect tons nnd tons of It in a month. .Why, only a few days ago I sent to the Salvation Army at Brooklyn a cheek for more than $1,000, which will bring their re ceipts for the month up to $8,000. They will average from the sale of old newspapers $100,000 a year. It is nearly all clear money, too, for, unlike the other dealers, they get all their rapers for nothing. "They are entirely honest, too, but the same cannot be said for all the parties we deal with, for the assort ment of articles we find in their bags includes anything from a dead baby to a tombstone. A ton of paper will bold almost a ton of water without showing it, and we have some warm arguments with dealers when they find we have docked them for selling us wet paper." Philadelphia Press. 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